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'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Director Eyes His Next Film: 'The Wound'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2014 at 4:13PM

After being at the center of last year's highly reviewed and highly contentious Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color," French director Abdellatif Kechiche has set sights on his follow-up film: "The Wound."
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Abdellatif Kechiche and Adele Exarchopoulos
Abdellatif Kechiche and Adele Exarchopoulos

After being at the center of last year's highly reviewed and highly contentious Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color," French director Abdellatif Kechiche has set sights on his follow-up film: "The Wound."

Adapted from the novel "La Blessure" by Francois Begaudeau (the author of the source material for 2008's Cannes winner "The Class"), the film will follow a fifteen-year-old French boy during a 1986 summer in Tunisia. 

The film is eyeing an August start date. No word yet on casting. But those who do sign on will go into the project knowing all about Kechiche's intense method of working -- "Blue" stars Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos weren't afraid to speak up last year about the exhausting hours and endless takes (not to mention inordinately lengthy sex-scene filming) they underwent while on his set. Our TOH! interview with the two actresses is here.

Haven't seen "Blue Is the Warmest Color"? It's streaming on Netflix.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.